American Folk Blues Festival Live, Bremen, Germany, 1963

Gotta say, at least the way I feel now, is that this is my favorite album of all time.* Just heard it while driving along Highway One Tuesday night. A 3-mile slow run, along with a few shots of single malt earlier, then this playing while skirting the coast: a sweet spot in time.

The elegance of pure blues. The single notes, the timing, the structure, the simplicity, the adherence to formulas…

These concerts took place in Europe in 1963. Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williams, Slim Harpo, Willy Dixon, Victoria Spivey…

I was an insurance broker in San Francisco then. I think if I’d heard this then, my life might’ve taken a different direction.

*My friend Doug points out that I am given to superlatives.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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